Flatten the curve to not overwhelm our hospital systems? Most of us went along with that approach given our lack of knowledge of the virus. We’ve done that. We did not surrender our rights and freedom.
Now we are being told to wear masks in order to conduct business in public. When asked to do something unnatural, our first response should be to uncover the risks. We exist in an open environment full of germs, bacteria, and viruses. Our bodies encounter these and our immune systems respond as best they can to protect us. It is the natural course of events. Wearing a mask inhibits this process and places us at greater risk for a negative outcome. We further inhibit our environmental interaction by staying at home in isolation.
There are five counties in Illinois having 88% of the virus cases and 88% of the deaths. This area of the state is what is being used to suppress and enslave the remaining 97 counties in Illinois. We cannot let this stand. It is time for civil disobedience.
Our knowledge is much greater now. A new response is needed. We know who is most at-risk. We know who has or had the virus. Quarantine the sick and leave the well of us alone.
Recently, a writer criticized President Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and said he suggested it was a hoax. It was a sarcastic reference to the Russia collusion hoax which has since been blown up by recent revelations of declassified documents. The president did not "... [dismiss] the entire Pandemic Response Team ...." It was combined into a new directorate which is stronger because of commingled related expertise.
When COVID-19 broke out in Wuhan in December 2019, the Chinese government locked down domestic travel into and out of Wuhan while continuing to allow international flights. The CCP ordered its embassies to buy up all the PPE equipment they could find and ship it back to China ASAP while lying to the world, along with the World Health Organization, about the seriousness of the pandemic in Wuhan.
As more accurate information leaked out of China, the CDC issued a China travel alert on Jan. 6, 2020. President Trump formed the Coronavirus Task Force on Jan. 29. Two days later, HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued a public health emergency and President Trump banned incoming flights from China. He was immediately labeled "racist" and "xenophobic."
Democrat officials continued issuing invitations to "Come to Chinatown," "Come to Mardi Gras," "Come out on the town" while Congressional Democrats moved to impeach President Trump and blame him for the spread of the virus rather than work with him to combat it.
As the U.S. death toll approaches 100,000 — the most of any nation — the administration prioritizes, of all things, the border wall. Another $1.5 billion has been taken from military needs in order to fund the most expensive infrastructure project in American history. It was promised that Mexico would pay for this monstrosity, but no. The U.S. military will have to figure out where to cut programs to pay for the wall. Meanwhile, real infrastructure is neglected: roads, bridges, water systems.
All this occurs at a time when millions are unemployed, and many cannot buy food to feed their families. Several hundred million dollars will go toward painting the wall black, Donald Trump's chosen color. Many species in the area will be blocked from their habitats by the new section of wall. The great, impregnable wall has been shown to be easily climbed or tunneled under by smugglers. It is estimated to cost $30 million per mile. The contract has been awarded to a firm in North Dakota favored by the president. Did I mention Mexico is supposed to be paying for it?
What became of the America I admired when I was growing up in the 1950s and '60s?
Nowadays, our federal government seems inept at best and dangerous at worst.
Under Donald Trump, our government has botched the pandemic response. First, by being months late to the fight and then by constant contradictory messaging. Healthcare providers did not have the necessary protective equipment and citizens, now advised to wear masks, are hard-pressed to buy disposable masks at pharmacies or grocery stores.
To add insult to injury, our federal government has promised stimulus checks of $1,200 to Americans who qualify. However, the IRS.gov website, touted to help you track your check, doesn’t work.
Calling elected officials like U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-18th, is another exercise in futility. One office suggested I stay away from the IRS website because it might confuse the government. And the other promised an email link to a congressional inquiry form but didn’t send the link.
Neither office seemed to know why the IRS, which is responsible for sending the stimulus checks, has not accessed Social Security payment information in order to credit bank accounts. As of May 20, I still don’t have my check. What are these people doing in D.C. besides collecting overly generous salaries and pensions?
Finally, while some of us wait for our checks, our hapless government has been mailing checks to dead people.
I am a 93-year-old veteran of World War II and, thank God, in excellent health. I understand the serious threat that the COVID-19 virus poses. I deeply empathize with those who have lost loved ones due to this nasty virus; I recently lost my precious wife of 65 years so I understand and sympathize with their grief.
What I find absolutely despicable is the way the tragic deaths are being politically exploited to shut down our country. Small businesses, in particular, are being destroyed and millions are forced to stop working. Will famine be far behind? When a demonstrably unhealthy politician in Springfield tells me how to stay healthy, I find this insulting and arrogant; this is an excellent demonstration of socialism in action when "government" forces you to do "what's best for you"; ask Venezuela how that worked for them. What's next? I have always used common sense to stay healthy and with God's blessings still am. Use your own God-given intelligence to protect yourselves, folks, and take anything such deviously motivated politicians say "with a grain of salt." Power is the name of the game.
I believe I speak for most veterans when I say I love my country. Sometimes flawed but by far better than anything else that's out there.
Let’s not forget our president is the same Donald Trump who gave us “birtherism,” saying President Obama was not born in the U.S. He lied then and he’s lying now about “Obamagate,” a so-called crime which he can’t define. He lied about his Trump University and had to pay $25 million to settle the lawsuit as a result of his fraudulent promises and claims. He has his attorneys argue to the Supreme Court that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and be immune to prosecution because he’s the president. Really?
When will supporters admit they made a mistake voting for this man? Over 33 million Americans are out of work, not knowing how they’ll support their families and in fear of a virulent virus and Trump wants us to focus on another imaginary scandal that he can’t define. He said for everyone to hear that for this virus “if we don’t do testing we’d have very few cases.” Really? World leaders have stopped taking him seriously and are laughing at him and us. Wake up America! Please!
About freedom. Yours, and mine. Reality: When my freedoms bump up against your freedoms and your freedoms bump up against my freedoms, one or both of our freedoms are limited. You may believe COVID-19 is just a hoax and you do not wear a mask. I believe my age and underlying health issues make me a high risk with COVID-19. I wear a mask. If we meet in the grocery store, you take away my freedom to be safe.
In this country you are free to believe anything. However, you may not be free to act on your beliefs. A religious group may not perform human sacrifice. And, the handling of deadly snakes in worship is not allowed. A Jehovah’s Witness is free to refuse a blood transfusion because of their beliefs. They may not refuse a blood transfusion for a child in need.
So, if you are offended by the government not allowing you the freedom to worship during the spread of a voracious virus, get over it. When your beliefs risk the lives of others, your religious freedom is limited in this nation. The so-called “Golden Rule,” “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is found in virtually every major faith tradition. So, love yourself and love others as well. Keep distant. Cover your mouth and nose. Sneeze into your elbow. And wash your hands frequently. Be safe and be well. And most important, respect the right of others to be safe and well.
While I certainly appreciate the original need for a shelter-in-place order, we have now reached the point where reasonable people need to take the lead.
The original five-phase plan is a nice framework, but there needs to be a daily review of the plan and the necessary changes being made, not just one size fits all. We all understand the medical experts and the social distancing requirements, so let’s move from phase 2 to phase 4 and give us a chance to act like adults.
Our medical statistics in Central Illinois show that we are ready and our small businesses deserve a chance to stay afloat, before they are gone forever.
During this time of heightened uncertainty with the coronavirus, many people do not have their normal support system of friends and family; we are missing this human “salve” that eases the anxiety about what is going to happen to us. The numerous unknowns about COVID-19, including the lack of a vaccine and medications to treat it, make entering the healthcare system ominous and frightening.
Coronavirus has the potential of keeping our families apart from us during hospitalization. COVID-19 can incapacitate our thinking quickly, leaving our families without a personalized map for decision-making about our end of life care. Many of us have been meaning to do our advance directives for healthcare and selecting an advocate but haven’t; now is the time to talk with our families about our wishes. Preparing your family for these difficult times and decisions will give you peace of mind and your family the confidence they need to follow your wishes.
At CompassionAndChoices.org, there is an addendum, the COVID-19 toolkit, for addressing our personal choices if you should develop COVID-19. This can be attached to your existing advance directives. You do not need an attorney for an advanced directive or the COVID-19 addendum; all Compassion & Choices resources are available online and in Spanish.
We must prepare for the unknown in this time of pandemic. Tell your family you love them and talk with them today about your end of life wishes.
Sunday morning, May 17, we had a huge rain that has "plugged" the storm inlets four times within the past few months. When I looked out we had another "100 year" rain. I mentioned that they needed a four-inch inlet beside that inlet. I said, "Why rip that out and put an eight-inch inlet there when you have already paid for the four-inch inlet." The inlet plugged and the street flooded again because the city let this fall on deaf ears. I brought this up before coronavirus and was ignored the last several times and now that we have had coronavirus the tax revenue has gone dramatically down and people are being very cautious on their discretionary spending.
Being at the bottom of a steep hill, the rain comes racing down the hill and the inlet is unable to process that volume of water that fast so the street floods. You cannot reach anyone in city administration or public works where they call the city number and this goes to an employee covering those calls after hours. It was so deep that I truly do not think that a passenger car would've been able to get through and maybe even not an SUV without floating away.
Fix the roads now. That is what they claimed the gas tax was for.
Prominent Democrats have said for years "never let a crisis go to waste." Most Dems and the left-leaning news media look at the coronavirus as another weapon to attack our president. These would would like our economy and everything Trump stands for to collapse until Election Day. Then Joe Biden would come to our rescue. May God help us.
On April 23, J.B. Pritzker announced an extension of the stay-at-home order for Illinois as well as mandatory face coverings in public on May 1. If this virus is so bad, why wait a week? There's a lot of things that don't add up with this so-called pandemic. Pritzker and company even tried to extort the American people for over $40 billion, blaming Illinois' financial woes on the virus. Poor Democrat management has Illinois looking like a ship of fools, which is a far bigger problem than this virus.
The governor's job as performed is non-essential, so he needs to go home, hide for a few months and peek out of his abode one day after the November election when Donald J. Trump will be re-elected for four more years.
If you have been watching Gov. Pritzker's daily coronavirus updates from his home, you have to notice that he is always smiling and has nothing to say about anything that you care to hear about. Last Thursday, he spent his time informing us about people and how they needed to handle any problems. The African American doctor from the IDPH may not make it to the end of this pandemic because it seems like it has become very personal to her.
As of May 13, 2020, the numbers for coronavirus positive tests and deaths remain much the same as before. The northeast region of our state still has 92% of positive coronavirus tests and 92% of coronavirus deaths. That means the other 94 counties have 8% of the coronavirus positive tests and 8% of the coronavirus deaths.
With these kind of numbers, there is no imaginable reason why the rest of our state is not opened up.
President Trump, and myself as well, believe that some Democratic governors are under the control of the DNC to create as much distraction as they can for as long as they can because they need to buy time to see what they are going to do with Biden. The Democrats have a real problem.
Unfortunately, it boils down to the small business owners in Illinois outside of the northeast region who are going to pay the price.
Governor Pritzker continues to say we must follow the science but it seems to me that he is only interested in following science that supports his likely illegal executive orders. There are plenty of credible doctors who believe the positive benefits of quarantining have passed yet Pritzker continues to cite the need to follow science as he extends Illinois' shutdowns. Numerous doctors have also expressed concern that continuing quarantines will slow development of herd immunity that may help lessen the future spread of the virus.
I'm not sure where J.B. is getting his marching orders but his initial order to close state-managed lakes and more recently his order that it's fine to drive to the lake with four people in the vehicle but then only two be allowed in the boat surely are not supported by any science concerned with spreading the virus. I am also quite confident that his order to shut down the spring turkey season on state sites had zero effect on stemming the virus. Likely those orders are just another example of an anti-gun/anti-sportsmen agenda that is using the virus to further that agenda.
Enough with these socialist executive orders. Time to open up the state and give Illinois residents a little credit that they can follow suggested distancing guidelines and get back to work.
Also, no more excuses. It's past time to put a referendum changing our constitution regarding our bloated government pensions on the ballot.
I have been a business owner in McLean County/Bloomington for 40 years. During that time my employees and I have weathered through several pandemics; i.e, Asian flu, swine flu, H1N1 etc. Amazingly, we and the U.S. survived without closing the business or using mitigation practices to survive. Now we are faced with a dire financial situation because our governor will not allow us to reopen because of the coronavirus pandemic.
With the five-phase plan touted by the governor, many businesses will not be able to open until July or later. How do we pay our bills if that in fact happens? Call-in and curbside services are not the answer. We need to be open for business sooner rather than later.
The legislative body of our state government must take control of this issue and push Governor Pritzker in the direction of opening those areas that are capable of complying with the rules.
To other business owners, you need to make your legislative representatives aware that they need to voice their concerns to Governor Pritzker about reopening your businesses. Their political future may depend on it.
Dr. Anthony Fauci candidly told Congress that reopening schools might not be the best idea. Donald Trump crossed his arms and stated, “That is not an acceptable answer.” This followed Trump’s grossly ignorant and dangerous refusal to implement “unacceptable” CDC guidelines for reopening the U.S. There is no strategic national plan after 100 days for proper testing and reopening the U.S.
Trump is not responsible for the pandemic or the economic downturn. Trump is responsible for the national government’s deplorable response to the pandemic. Trump received innumerable warnings from government scientists for two months before taking any action. For two months, Trump listened only to Kushner, Mnuchin, Kudlow, Fox News, and others giving him “acceptable” statements downplaying the forthcoming pandemic and warning that any response would negatively affect the stock market.
Trump’s elementary school science aptitude led to bizarre suggestions that Clorox and Lysol could solve the COVID-19 problem. Trump also promoted inappropriate malaria drugs. Trump “unacceptably” has tried to blame the media, Democrats, Obama, WHO, and China for damage to the U.S. caused by his incompetence.
Trump, his loyal disciples, and Fox News paint a rosy picture going forward. My money is on the scientists who believe that rapid reopening without a strategic national plan will lead to rapidly expanding casualties.
Trump has already been responsible for tens of thousands of lost lives. Trump’s ignorance, incompetence, and unwillingness to “accept” statements and opinions from public health and medical experts will lead to how many additional unnecessary deaths?
In these uncertain times I need to remind myself to be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to live and to work and to play and to look at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions, to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be guided by your admiration rather than by your disgust; to covet nothing that is your neighbors except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of our enemies, often of your friends; and to spend as much time as you can with body and with spirit. These are little guideposts on the footpath to peace.
As my wife and I cross the Illinois River on our way to relocate our residence to another state, we say goodbye to Illinois. We have lived in the state for nearly 50 years and have enjoyed its seasonal beauties and rich historical heritage. But the state's financial irresponsibility and political corruption have driven us, like many hardworking families and retirees, out of state. Rather than examine spending, they continue to add taxes and fees. Unfortunately, because of the poor conditions in the state, housing markets have fallen and businesses are pulling out. The future of the state and the people trapped in it is very bleak indeed.
No, Governor Pritzker, more taxes and fees to not translate into "Illinois is Back." And no, Mayor Lightfoot, the state of Illinois is not responsible for fixing your city's pension and budget problems. Your city created those problems and they should be held accountable for fixing them. And finally, I urge the Woodford County office of the supervisor of assessments and the members of its review board to take a good look at our home sale tax documents. Maybe they could help you learn what the term "fair market value" is in real life.
Past and present political leadership at all levels of Illinois government should be ashamed of themselves for the current conditions in the state. Unfortunately, they are incapable of addressing the issues facing the good people of Illinois.
So, we say goodbye to Illinois and its corruption and irresponsibility and look forward to moving to a state where the average family has a chance to better themselves.